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While most parents are planning to either vaccinate their children against Covid-19, a new Ipsos vote finds that more than a third of parents of both younger and older children are still opposed to shooting them – but there are factors that may convince them.

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NS voteconducted September 22-28 among 1,014 respondents, found that 43% of parents of children under the age of 12 were “very likely” to vaccinate their children after a Covid-19 vaccine was approved for that age range. While 24% are somewhat probable, 11% are very unlikely, 15% are unlikely at all and 8% do not know.

Among parents of 12 to 18-year-olds—who are already eligible for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine—54% said their child had been vaccinated.

Parents in both groups cited concerns about potential side effects, that vaccines were developed too early and long-term effects were the main reasons for not vaccinating their children, while less than 5% said that it was received. There was an access issue of not being able to. Time off work so their kids can get shots.

When asked what would persuade them to vaccinate their children, 25% of parents of 12- to 18-year-olds said their child has a vaccine mandate from the school, followed by the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine has complete approval (23%). ), if a household member was in a high-risk group (23%), if a family member or someone at the child’s school tested positive for Covid-19 (11%), or if there were children with Covid-19 News reports about being “critically ill” (11%).

At least some parents of young children may also be affected by those reasons: 14% of all parents under the age of 12 said that full FDA approval was the most important reason why they should vaccinate their child. while 6% said their children’s need for school would be the biggest factor.

Health workers can also play a big role in persuading hesitant parents, as 40% of all parents and 43% of parents under the age of 12 said their child’s healthcare provider was the biggest source. that would affect their decision to vaccinate their child or not.


While some parents may be swayed by FDA approval or a school order to vaccinate their children, Ipsos polling showed that many may not be persuaded. Forty percent of parents of 12- to 18-year-olds said that no factor would change their mind, and 10% of all parents and under 12-year-olds said there was no reason. to get their child vaccinated.

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A strong majority of 60% of all parents polled said they strongly or somewhat support schools requiring Covid-19 vaccines for personalized learning, while 39% oppose it .

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COVID-19 vaccines may be available for children between the ages of five and 11 in the coming weeks. There will be an FDA advisory panel Get October 26 to determine whether to recommend him, and the Biden administration has said Governors expect the vaccines to be rolled out sometime in early November, assuming they are approved. President Joe Biden said There will be enough vaccine supplies for all children to be vaccinated on Thursday, and the White House has said it is working to ensure vaccines can be administered in places like pediatricians’ offices and schools.

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Covid-19 vaccines for children have become a concern as the delta variant has made children ineligible for particularly vulnerable vaccinations, resulting in very School the outbreak And children increase in Covid-19 hospitals. Although evidence suggests that children are on a less risky For covid-19, compared to adults, there is a small chance of serious illness, and some may suffer from persistent “prolonged covid” symptoms. Ipsos’ polling is similar to other recent polls showing that a large minority of parents are opposed to vaccinating their children, although 36% of parents under the age of 12 who do not vaccinate their children can, slightly less than some of the other recent surveys showing more. More than 40% opposition. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted in July and August found that more than 50% of parents were either opposed to the vaccine or were planning to “wait and see”, suggesting that some are already You will be changing your mind. The poll is also in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. statistics Vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds lag behind that of adults. Only 45.5% of 12- to 15-year-olds and 53.2% of 16- and 17-year-olds are fully vaccinated, compared with 68% of adults.

Two out of three parents of children aged 5-11 plan to vaccinate their child if approved (Ipsos)

White House tells governors: Get ready to start vaccinating children (ABC News)

The FDA Now Weighs in on Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids—But Will Parents Let Them Get the Shot? (Businesshala)

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